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Microsoft gets aggressive on low-end Windows licences
Posted on 23-Feb-2014 14:50Tags News, Digitl, by Bill Bennett

Mary Jo Foley reports for ZDNet: Microsoft is cutting the price it charges PC makers for each copy of Windows 8 they sell from US$50 to US$15, but only on low-end devices. Comments (Comments)

A good first quarter, but HP not out of the woods
Posted on 22-Feb-2014 19:06Tags News, Digitl, by Bill Bennett

Hewlett-Packard surprised analysts on Friday when it turned in a better than expected first quarter result. Comments (Comments)

New Zealand startup Postr to launch lock screen hire out app
Posted on 21-Feb-2014 19:21Tags News, Mobile

Hire out your lock screen and get paid to swipe your phone. Comments (Comments)

Is the enterprise hardware business doomed?
Posted on 21-Feb-2014 09:59Tags News, Digitl, by Bill Bennett

Enterprise hardware has never been a tougher sell. Recent financial reports from the giant companies that once dominated enterprise computing, IBM, Oracle, HP among others, do not make for pretty reading. Comments (Comments)

Telecom NZ rebrands as Spark
Posted on 21-Feb-2014 08:54Tags News, Digitl, by Bill Bennett

Telecom NZ said today it will change its name to Spark later this year. A media statement from CEO Simon Moutter says the new new name “better reflects the company’s new direction”. Comments (Comments)

Telecom New Zealand changing its name to Spark
Posted on 21-Feb-2014 08:42Tags News, Blog

Rebrand is latest in series of changes that are resetting the company for the digital future. Comments (Comments)

Xero to launch "Farming in the Cloud" service mid-year
Posted on 21-Feb-2014 07:53Tags News, SaaS

Online accounting software company Xero has announced that its new "Farming in the Cloud" solution, which brings real-time, single ledger reporting to the farm for the first time, will be ready to go to market mid-year 2014. Comments (Comments)

Lightning Lab Announces Partnership with Microsoft Ventures
Posted on 21-Feb-2014 07:49Tags News, Computing

Partnership with Microsoft Ventures will provide local entrepreneurs with mentorship, support and access to top technical and business talent. Comments (Comments)

How does New Zealand UFB compare with Google fibre?
Posted on 20-Feb-2014 17:32Tags News, Digitl, by Bill Bennett

Search giant Google operates a fibre network in Kansas City. Yesterday the company said it plans to roll out fibre in an additional 34 US cities. Comments (Comments)

Facebook to acquire WhatsApp
Posted on 20-Feb-2014 16:47Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Facebook has reached a definitive agreement to acquire WhatsApp, a rapidly growing cross-platform mobile messaging company, for a total of approximately US$16 billion, including US$4 billion in cash and approximately US$12 billion worth of Facebook shares. Comments (Comments)

Intel advances next phase of Big Data Intelligence: Real Time Analytics
Posted on 19-Feb-2014 11:30Tags News, Computing

Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 family delivers advanced technology for in-memory analytics to accelerate major business transformations. Comments (Comments)

Dimension Data implementing ICT infrastructure for new Manukau Tertiary Centre (MTC) campus
Posted on 19-Feb-2014 09:46Tags News, Computing

Dimension Data has begun the implementation of a multi-million dollar ICT infrastructure for Manukau Institute of Technology's (MIT) new Manukau Tertiary Centre (MTC) campus. Comments (Comments)

Chorus: A tempting proposal, some merit, some flaws
Posted on 18-Feb-2014 08:54Tags News, Digitl, by Bill Bennett

How much would it cost to build and run a copper telecommunications network if you were starting from scratch today? That’s the question at the heart of the Commerce Commission’s mission to regulate the price service providers pay Chorus to provide customers with copper-based broadband. Comments (Comments)

NZ company launches unique cloud storage app
Posted on 17-Feb-2014 20:07Tags News, SaaS

Layer3 has developed Filecloud, an application that does everything other cloud storage solutions do, but adds on some additional bells and whistles. Comments (Comments)

Quickflix secures new streaming content including premium TV series
Posted on 17-Feb-2014 13:42Tags News, Broadband

New deals with Disney, NBC Universal and BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand expand Quickflix offering in quality TV drama series. Comments (Comments)

Microsoft Office on an iPad, why so slow?
Posted on 17-Feb-2014 11:08Tags News, Digitl, by Bill Bennett

Apple’s iPad had its fourth birthday last month. The device changed the face of personal computing. It triggered a decline in PC sales that looks far from over. It’s popular with corporations and consumers. The iPad is everywhere. Comments (Comments)

Cloud is booming, spending up 20%
Posted on 17-Feb-2014 10:02Tags News, Digitl, by Bill Bennett

At GigaOm Barb Darrow reports Cloud boom is on for real, researcher says. The story quotes researcher IHS Technology which says spending on cloud infrastructure and services will climb 20 percent in 2014 to US$174 billion. Comments (Comments)

Vodafone wins TrueNet 3G shootout
Posted on 14-Feb-2014 10:50Tags News, Digitl, by Bill Bennett

Mobile broadband downloads and uploads are now faster on Vodafone’s 3 network than on Telecom or 2degrees. That’s the verdict of the latest testing by Truenet which compared speeds at a series of locations in central Auckland and Wellington. Comments (Comments)

Vodafone New Zealand and Ciena complete successful 400Gb/s network trial
Posted on 14-Feb-2014 10:41Tags News, Broadband

Vodafone New Zealand and network specialist Ciena Corporation have completed a successful field trial of 400Gb/s data transmission over an existing optical link carrying live network traffic. Comments (Comments)

Apple, Samsung monopolise smartphone profits
Posted on 13-Feb-2014 08:54Tags News, Digitl, by Bill Bennett

People, understandably, get hung up on Android’s huge share of the total smartphone market. On raw unit numbers alone it often looks as if Google’s phone software is eating Apple’s lunch. Comments (Comments)

Kaspersky Lab uncovers "The Mask"
Posted on 12-Feb-2014 21:37Tags News, Security

Company says it is one of the most advanced global cyber-espionage operation to date due to the complexity of the toolset used by the attackers. Comments (Comments)

Xero appoints US CEO, Board Chairman and Director as it continues growing
Posted on 12-Feb-2014 20:17Tags News, SaaS

Company further invests in US growth with new executive talent from General Motors, HP, PayPal and Intuit. Comments (Comments)

Government fibre uptake builds as project reaches 25% milestone
Posted on 12-Feb-2014 18:24Tags News, Digitl, by Bill Bennett

Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams says the government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband project has passed the 25 percent milestone with more than 363,000 users able to connect to the network. Comments (Comments)

HP abandons New Zealand media
Posted on 12-Feb-2014 10:38Tags News, Digitl, by Bill Bennett

Earlier this week I contacted Hewlett-Packard’s New Zealand PR company. Make that HP’s erstwhile PR company. HP no longer has a New Zealand PR company. Comments (Comments)

Nokia set to debut basic Android phone
Posted on 12-Feb-2014 08:21Tags News, Digitl, by Bill Bennett

The Wall Street Journal reports Nokia plans to show a low-end Android phone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month. Apparently the phone was in development before Microsoft purchased Nokia’s handset business. Comments (Comments)

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